Aging Well
A two part conversation about the transitions of aging
October 8th, 8-9 PM (ET) &
November 12th, 8-9 PM (ET)
Online gatherings facilitated by Suzanne Schmidt, Ph.D., M.Div.
" Our spiritual obligation is to age well; so that others who meet us may have the courage, the spiritual depth, to do the same.  "
— Joan Chittister in The Gift of Years
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What it's all about:
Aging can surprise us. One day we can play or work like there is no tomorrow and the next day we think twice before planting a garden, playing tennis, or washing the car.
Because Western culture has a tendency to deny aging or at least hold it at bay, it’s difficult to find places to claim the gifts and changes which aging brings.
During the next two months, our LumZoom calls will provide opportunities to name the surprises of aging, the transitions of aging which have been easy and those which have been difficult, strategies which you have found helpful as you’ve aged, and what it means to age well.
We’ll draw on some research from the Stanford Center on Longevity and Parker Palmer’s latest book entitled On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, & Getting Older .

*Note: As these conversations are about aging, we recommend them for anyone who is 60 or older. Of course we will not be carding, so if you're younger than 60 you can probably sneak in!
Our facilitator:
Our LumZoom Call convener is Suzanne Adele Schmidt, Ph.D., M.Div., a teacher and preacher who is a trained facilitator in The Soul of Aging. She believes that aging is neither boring nor dull and likes to laugh at the surprises that growing older brings. (Like when she can’t remember what she was looking for when she walked into her kitchen.)
Her area of interest is helping others claim and name new calls as they age. Suzanne is a former Lumunos Board and staff member. She shares her life with Dr. Dan Davis, a current Lumunos Board member. 
How to join:
You will need internet access and a computer, tablet (iPad or something similar) or smartphone with a camera. Most laptops and tablets have cameras built in; if you only have a desktop computer, you would need to add a web camera to that. Our video conference platform is called Zoom . If it is the first time you are using it, you will need to download  plug-in  software. Most people find this quite easy to do.
 
If you'd like to participate, please reply to this email (or email becca@lumunos.org ) and send your full name. We recommend that you sign up for both calls, but you're welcome to come to just one if that works best for you. We'll send out a meeting agenda with additional logistics closer to the event.